Honorary doctorates: 3 exceptional individuals

On 12 December, three new doctors honoris causa will join the ranks of Sciences Po’s honorary degree recipients, alongside such illustrious names as Vaclav Havel, Boutros Boutros Ghali and Lakhdar Brahimi. The 2017 cohort is exceptional in more than one respect. This year two women will receive honorary doctorates, joining Helen Wallace who in 2011 became the first woman to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Sciences Po. This year also marks the first time that Sciences Po has awarded an honorary doctorate to a scholar from sub-Saharan Africa. Find out more about these three outstanding individuals below.

Daphne Barak-Erez, specialist in constitutional and administrative law

Daphne Barak-Erez was born in the United States in 1965 and emigrated to Israel in 1966. The majority of her academic career has been spent at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty. An internationally renowned lawyer, Daphne Barak-Erez is a specialist in constitutional and administrative law. Since May 2012 she has been an Israeli Supreme Court Justice, having also held the position of Dean of the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty. She began her academic career as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Law School. She has been a visiting professor at numerous law schools including Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Virginia, UCLA and Toronto.

Jane Mansbridge, a major figure in contemporary political theory

Jane Mansbridge was born in 1939 and is a major figure in contemporary political theory. Renowned for her work on participatory democracy, an issue to which she is passionately committed, her book Beyond Adversary Democracy (first published in 1980) has become a contemporary classic. She is currently Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic values at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (USA). She has taught at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1997-1998 and 2001-2002), at the Russell Sage Foundation (1991-1992) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1985-1986). She was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994.

Ibrahima Thioub, historian, specialist in African historiography

The Senegalese historian and academic Ibrahima Thioub was born in 1955 and is a professor at the Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar, where he has been Rector since 2014. His teaching and research focuses on African historiography, including systems and ideologies of domination, slavery and the slave trade. He has been a visiting professor at EHESS (the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris and at several universities in Europe, the United States, Asia (Nepal, India, Sri Lanka) and Africa (Gambia, Sierra Leone, South Africa). In 2008-2009 he was a resident researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin.

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Animal Rights: slow but definite progress

Animal Rights: slow but definite progress

The need to limit or end animal suffering has become a major topic of public debate. Scientific experiments, bullfighting and foie gras have all come under insistent criticism. Videos denouncing the conditions in which animals are made to live and die are widely circulated. Veganism, which still had an extremely limited following a few years ago, is gaining in popularity. So what is the law contributing to this environment? We asked Regis Bismuth, professor at the Sciences Po Law School and co-editor of Sensibilité animale. Perspectives juridiques (CNRS Editions)* for an overview of advances in animal rights.

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The Summer Reading List is here!

The Summer Reading List is here!

Summer is here, and so is our 2018 Summer Reading List! We asked researchers, professors, alumni and current students to give us their must-reads for young bright minds. Here are there recommendations.

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Congratulations Class of 2018!

Congratulations Class of 2018!

The President of the Republic of Estonia, the former President of the Human Rights League, the founding dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, the President of Publicis France, and most of all, passionate graduates with bright futures ahead -- the Graduation Ceremonies of 2018 were two extraordinary days of inspiration, celebration and pride. See the highlights in the video above.

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My Coral Garden: a start-up made in Sciences Po aims to save the oceans

My Coral Garden: a start-up made in Sciences Po aims to save the oceans

27% of the world's coral reefs have disappeared in the last 50 years, and 32% are threatened with extinction, according to a recent NASA study. Yet corals are the lungs of our planet, guarantors of the balance of the Earth's ecosystem and the survival of 60 million people around the globe. My Coral Garden, a startup co-founded by Anne-Sophie Roux, recent graduate of the Sciences Po Doctoral School, is the first social enterprise that allows you to plant coral to rebuild these endangered reefs, mitigate climate change and support coastal communities that rely on marine life. We spoke with co-founder Anne-Sophie Roux who explained the project.

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Graduation 2018: Rewatch the ceremonies!

Graduation 2018: Rewatch the ceremonies!

This year, four graduation ceremonies were held at the Grand Auditorium of the Maison de la Radio in Paris. 2,394 students received their diplomas between inspiring speeches from graduates, Director Frédéric Mion, Director of Studies and Academic Affairs Cornelia Woll, and a multitude of guests of honor who embody our values and educational philosophy. Rewatch the ceremonies below and see tweets and photos on social networks: #SCPOGrad2018

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Who are our 2018 Graduates?

Who are our 2018 Graduates?

Bright and committed students. Promising futures. Prestigious guests and inspiring speeches. Parents brimming with pride. For the closing of this academic year, the Sciences Po graduation ceremony will gather on Friday, 29th of June and Saturday, 30th of June 2018, nearly 2,400 graduates and their guests at the grand auditorium of the Maison de la Radio in Paris. So who are the graduates of the Class of 2018?

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Improving crime prevention

Improving crime prevention

How can criminality be prevented? Does imprisonment help reduce recidivism in the long term? Sciences Po researcher Roberto Galbiati studies the economics of crime. He has begun to open up the black box of incarceration and anti-recidivism policies in France, Italy and the United States. Dr. Galbiati will present his research findings on 4 July at a symposium organised by Sciences Po’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) in partnership with France Stratégie.

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